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Southampton’s perfect Pellegrino replacement should reject the club until the summer

The Southampton fans were delighted in the Transfer Tavern earlier this week following the announcement that Mauricio Pellegrino has been sacked as manager of the club. 

Pellegrino had long been the subject of intense criticism from supporters who were desperate to see the back of him, and they finally got their wish on Monday evening as the club confirmed his departure following The Saints 3-0 defeat over Newcastle. The Southampton board have left it very late to make such a bold decision, but the supporters believe that it was in their best interests considering the concerning extent of the clubs free-fall in recent months.

The club will now need to appoint a manager who can motivate the players and inspire the club into a positive run of form during the final 8 fixtures of the season. Who that will be remains to be seen, but it seems likely that the appointment will be a short-term fix rather than a long-term project.

However, the club will need to look forward to the long-term future of the club once the season has reached its conclusion, and if they manage to retain their Premier League status this season they should consider appointing Marco Silva in the summer. Silva was recently dismissed from his post at Watford following a dismal run of form, but his struggle at Vicarage Road can partially be explained by the unsettling reports which linked him with a move to Everton earlier in the season.

The Portuguese manager is yet to embark on a new challenge since he received his marching orders from the Watford position, and if he remains in that position by the end of the season then the club should certainly attempt to bring him to the south-coast.

Of course, Southampton could appoint Silva this week to save their club’s season, but in terms of a career move, Silva would be wise to wait until the summer before signing a contract at Saint Mary’s in order to protect his reputation. At the beginning of the season Silva was the name on everyone’s lips, and talk of a future role at Manchester United was ever-present amongst our punters in the tavern.

But fast-forward 6 months and his reputation is dwindling somewhat. Having been relegated with Hull City last season, Silva should be keen to ensure that he protects his CV by ensuring his next career move is with the right club at the right time. Unfortunately for Southampton supporters, the time is not right for Silva to succeed Pellegrino, so they may have to wait until the summer to appoint a manager who has the potential to build a legacy with the club in the future.

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